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Jules VerneThe Mysterious Island (May 10, 2007)

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LibriVox recording of The Mysterious Island, by Jules Verne. Read by Mark F. Smith.

A story of castaways, similar to Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, this book details the escape from Civil War-era Richmond, Virginia, of five Northern men who dared to go aloft in a balloon in the midst of a hurricane. Deposited on a lonely island in the Pacific, they make do with Yankee ingenuity where Chance has left them nothing. Only later do they find they have a hidden benefactor: Captain Nemo, of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, who resides, alone, secretly on the island. In time, the tiny colony becomes so prosperous that it is able to rescue another castaway from an island a hundred miles away. But all their work will come to naught - their island's volcano is about to awake!(Summary by Mark)

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This audio is part of the collection: The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
It also belongs to collections: Audio Books & Poetry; Community Audio

Artist/Composer: Jules Verne
Date: 2007-05-10
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
Keywords: LibriVox; literature; audiobook; verne; sci-fi; adventure

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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1-01 The Storm of 1865. Voices in the Air. 14.4 MB
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1-02 An Incident in the War of Secession 20.1 MB
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1-03 Five O'Clock in the Evening 16.1 MB
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1-04 Lithodomes. The River's Mouth. The Chimneys. 18.6 MB
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1-05 Arranging the Chimneys. How to Procure Fire. 16.6 MB
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1-06 The Inventory of the Castaways. Expedition to the Forest. 17.4 MB
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1-07 Neb Has Not Yet Returned. A Threatening Night. 18.0 MB
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1-08 Is Cyrus Harding Living? Neb's Recital. 17.8 MB
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1-09 Cyrus is Here. Pencroft's Attempts. 20.0 MB
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1-10 The Engineer's Invention. Volcanic Soil. 19.5 MB
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1-11 At the Summit of the Cone 22.0 MB
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1-12 Regulating the Watches. Pencroft is Satisfied. 19.6 MB
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1-13 What is Found Upon Top 22.3 MB
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1-14 Measuring the Cliff. Latitude of the Island. 19.0 MB
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1-15 It Is Decided to Winter on the Island 17.2 MB
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1-16 The Question of a Dwelling is Again Discussed. 17.4 MB
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1-17 Visit to the Lake. The Indicating Current. 20.1 MB
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1-18 Pencroft Now Doubts Nothing 17.3 MB
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1-19 Cyrus Harding's Project. The Rope Ladder. 18.3 MB
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1-20 The Rainy Season. The Question of Clothes. 16.2 MB
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1-21 Some Degrees Below Zero. 19.0 MB
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1-22 Traps. Foxes. Peccaries. 24.6 MB
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2-01 Conversation on the Subject of the Bullet 18.4 MB
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2-02 First Trial of the Canoe. A Wreck on the Coast. 18.6 MB
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2-03 The Start. The Rising Tide. 20.1 MB
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2-04 Journey to the Coast. Troops of Monkeys. 16.8 MB
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2-05 Proposal to Return By the Southern Shore 20.0 MB
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2-06 Pencroft's Halloos. A Night in the Chimneys. 18.5 MB
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2-07 Plans. A Bridge Over the Mercy. 19.2 MB
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2-08 Linen. Shoes of Seal-Leather. 19.2 MB
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2-09 Bad Weather. The Hydraulic Lift. 17.7 MB
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2-10 Boat-Building. Second Crop of Corn. 17.7 MB
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2-11 Winter. Felling Wood. The Mill. 22.2 MB
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2-12 The Rigging of the Vessel 25.3 MB
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2-13 Departure Decided Upon. Conjectures. 18.8 MB
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2-14 The Inventory. Night. A Few Letters. 21.2 MB
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2-15 The Return. Discussion. 17.1 MB
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2-16 A Mystery to be Cleared Up. 23.4 MB
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2-17 Still Alone. The Stranger's Request. 23.1 MB
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2-18 Conversation. Cyrus Harding and Gideon Spilett. 20.9 MB
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2-19 Recollections of Their Native Land 18.8 MB
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2-20 A Night at Sea. Shark Gulf. Confidences. 21.7 MB
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3-01 Lost or Saved? Ayrton Summoned. 22.4 MB
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3-02 Discussions. Presentiments. 20.2 MB
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3-03 The Mist Rises. The Engineer's Preparations. 23.8 MB
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3-04 The Colonists on the Beach. 22.2 MB
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3-05 The Engineer's Declaration. 18.2 MB
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3-06 Expeditions Planned. Ayrton at the Corral. 19.4 MB
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3-07 The Reporter and Pencroft in the Corral 16.7 MB
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3-08 The Convicts in the Neighborhood of the Corral 9.4 MB
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3-09 No news of Neb. A Proposal. 18.6 MB
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3-10 Herbert Carried to Granite House 15.9 MB
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3-11 Inexplicable Mystery. Herbert's Convalescence. 19.2 MB
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3-12 Exploration on the Serpentine Peninsula. 19.0 MB
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3-13 Ayrton's Story. A Subterranean Volcano. 22.5 MB
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3-14 Three Years Have Passed. The New Vessel. 20.5 MB
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3-15 The Awakening of the Volcano. The Fine Season. 25.0 MB
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3-16 Captain Nemo. His First Words. 20.6 MB
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3-17 Last Moments of Captain Nemo 17.9 MB
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3-18 Reflections of the Colonists 28.4 MB
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3-19 Cyrus Harding's Account of His Exploration 25.5 MB
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3-20 An Isolated Rock in the Pacific 11.5 MB
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Average Rating: 4.80 out of 5 stars4.80 out of 5 stars4.80 out of 5 stars4.80 out of 5 stars4.80 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: lindaisling - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - April 14, 2013
Subject: Terrific!
Great reader, great story!

Reviewer: bfilipow - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - May 18, 2009
Subject: What a book! What a reader!
Hats off to Mark.

Reviewer: Chapter&Verse - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - July 1, 2008
Subject: A Tour de Force!
Well, at least that what it was called on Kevin Kelly's (WIRED magazine) Cool Tools site. After reading about it, I came here and found 111,000 other people had already investigated it. After listening, I vote "Aye!"

This was a very enjoyable return to one of my all-time favorite stories. Verne set out to "one-up" the other castaway books: Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson. He dumped his cast on a desert island with absolutely nothing to start with. Another reviewer thought the sequence of events was unlikely. Well, once you get past the balloon floating from Virginia to the Pacific (lol!), these guys needed a little luck thrown their way to survive! And face it - if all the events were likely, would you be entertained??

This is a great story from one of the world's master storytellers. And oh! - the reader does a bang-up job! Thumbs up!

Reviewer: FNH - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 10, 2008
Subject: Free Audio, Review
This is a true "classic". Adventure and survival play a large part in the story. The ship/balloon wrecked survivors start by scratching a survival but slowly start adding to their tools and building a life on the lost island.

The story was a little dispointing for me, its well told but the series of happy/unlikely coincidences one on top of another, time after time stretched the possibilities just too far for my taste. I ended up coming out of the story telling experience and saying to myself, "oh not again".

It's a long audio book and in places too long. I suspect that if you were to listen to it in an episodic, one chapter a week way, the story would come across better.

Reading = 3/3
Production = 3/3
Story = 1/3

Total = 7/9

More of my reviews can be found at http://freeaudioreview.blogspot.com

Reviewer: fresch - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - March 20, 2008
Subject: One of my favorite books!
I remember seeing the 1961 movie as an end-of-term film at school.

Later on, got the e-book on my Palm, and was very impressed with the detail of survival on Lincoln Island.

Now, have listened to the audiobook, certainly one of my favorite books, I think this would be more valuable to a castaway than Robinson Crusoe would!